Sunday, October 29, 2006

Africa’s World of Forced Labor, in a 6-Year-Old’s Eyes

This is a very unique article about child labor in Africa because it has actual testimony from child slaves, sold into the fishing industry by their parents for as little as $20 a year. It also has quotes from the man who owns these indentured servants. An interesting piece that shows how desperate people can be driven to do evil things. Click on this link to watch a slideshow of pictures accompanied by the journalist's voice-over:

www.nytimes.com/packages/html/world/20060308_AFRICACHILD_FEATURE/blocker.html

1 comment:

Malika said...

In thinking about the question about why human rights abuses persist in the 21st century, perhaps this is part of the answer. Human Rights after all are supposed to preserve some basic human needs. However, when these needs are not satisfied, desperation takes over. This is when parents can be forced to sell their children, their very own loved ones just be able to live hand to mouth.
Maybe its a question of how far one is willing to go so that he or she can have the most minimun needs fulfilled.